UN inspectors travel to North Korean reactor site

June 29, 2007 04:59


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A top official with the UN nuclear watchdog said his trip to North Korea's reactor through Friday could help clarify the schedule for shutting it down under a long-stalled international pact. The two-day trip by monitors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to the Yongbyon reactor complex, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) northeast of the North Korean capital Pyongyang, was the latest sign that North Korea may soon meet its commitment to a shutdown. "We are here to negotiate the arrangements, so let's see now when we get to Friday evening what we have on the table," IAEA Deputy Director Olli Heinonen said in footage broadcast by APTN in Pyongyang before he departed for the Yongbyon reactor.

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